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FGLI at William & Mary

Our team works to provide developmentally appropriate learning opportunities to all students so they are equipped as educated citizens and emboldened leaders to forge positive change in their communities. We are intensely committed to the first-generation, low-income student experience. Our shared goals include advocacy, mentorship, leadership development and promoting a sense of belonging and inclusion in our community. We collaborate with advocates and mentors across the University. 

Our infrastructure for support includes:

  • The FGLI Collaboration, Support and Advocacy Council
  • Nearly 200 faculty and staff mentors and coaches
  • Workshops and panel discussions
  • Advising of the FGLI recognized student organization
  • First-year experience FGLI programming
  • FGLI Leadership Development programming
  • Email newsletter

We consider a first-generation student as any student where neither parent nor guardian obtained a four-year degree.  However, there are plenty of students whose circumstances fall outside of this description. Students still have access to the support and resources described as there is no universal definition that will capture all of the complexities of being a first-generation student. 

We recognize that not all first-generation students are low-income and not all low-income students are first-generation, but we wanted to create a space to describe the resources available for students who are a part of these communities.

We're here for you. 

All students are warmly welcome to get support from our team in Student Engagement and Leadership.